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Dip-Dyed Baskets

When dipped in paint, rustic baskets become thoroughly modern carryalls that look as if they came straight out of a design shop.




Don't worry about creating precise lines when dipping in paint; irregularities are part of these baskets' appeal. If you still have paint left over after dipping the baskets, pour it back into its can to use for future projects. If you don't have enough paint to dip large baskets, use a foam brush to apply the paint instead.


  • Stir stick
  • Water-based latex paint
  • Large plastic storage bin
  • Basket: Byholma basket (on ground, far left), $16,
  • Vietnamese market bags (on stool and on ground, far right), $9, from Beads of Paradise, 212-620-0642. Similar baskets, from Meg Cohen Design Shop, 212-966-3733
  • Foam paintbrush


  1. Step 1


    Stir paint thoroughly, and pour into plastic bin. Carefully dip basket into paint. Work slowly; as you dip, the paint will push up the sides of the basket. Once you've reached the desired line, slowly pull basket out of paint. 

  2. Step 2

    If you want a higher line than the dipped mark, use foam brush to paint a new line. Hang basket to dry completely.

Martha Stewart Living, August 2010



Reviews (2)

  • Goddess 21 Aug, 2012

    Why not just apply the paint with a brush straight out of the can and skip the storage bin mess??? I can't even begin to imagine the clean up and waste after dipping something in a bin full of paint!

  • dschossow 25 Feb, 2012

    If you use the rubber paint they use on the handles of screwdrivers and pliers, you could waterproof the inside and outside of the baskets to use as plant containers. This would also protect the base of any basket. The paints come in a variety of colors at the big box stores.